Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Program

 

2nd Round - 2017 Applications due

by no later than May 26, 2017

 

 

The District is pleased to offer funding to municipalities for projects related to the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance of Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Roads. Annually the Blair County Conservation District will receive funds to distribute locally, based on applications received, for projects that will reduce sediment as well as polluted run-off from roadways that may be impacting our local waterways. Due to the expansion of the State program, to now include funds for Low Volume Road projects, the Blair County Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road program will receive approximately $180,000 annually to distribute towards local projects.

Program:

The purpose of this program is to fund safe, efficient and environmentally sound maintenance of dirt and gravel roads as well as low volume roads that have been identified as a source of pollution to our streams.

The primary focuses will be on maintenance that addresses the road base, road surface stabilization (if gravel) by using driving surface aggregate (DSA), drainage improvement/ stabilization, road bank stabilization, culvert installation/ replacement, pipe outlet protection, and re-vegetating disturbed areas. This is NOT a road paving program!
Additionally, applications for Low Volume Road projects must certify that the road has traffic counts of <= 500 vehicles per day. Follow this link to the Traffic Count Validation Form for more information.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for program funds the road has to be open to public travel for a minimum of two (2) consecutive weeks annually.
  • Additionally, at least one (1) person from the entity that is applying for the funds, who is in charge of the development and/ or implementation of the project must have attended (or been re-certified) in Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training within the past five (5) years.
  • If interested in attending a training or becoming re-certified, look for training opportunities on the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies website under Education and Training/ ESM Course .

Additionally, projects should be able to be completed within a one (1) year timeframe. There are no limitations to the number of applications that eligible participants may submit. However, please keep in mind that all applications are ranked using the same criteria. Some of the items considered in the ranking system are things such as; past project maintenance, in-kind contributions, recent funding, and environmental benefits of the project.

It is strongly encouraged that you contact the District prior to submitting an application to discuss your project more in depth or if time allows, to meet on-site and review the proposed work. This helps both the District and the applicant by having better applications submitted which in turn gets better projects on the ground. Again to receive funding, a municipality must have a responsible official trained by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies and submit an application for funding. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact this office at (814) 696-0877 extension 5.